Calling Melville’s youth – how would you spend $3,000?

Voting has opened for Youth Pitch the City’s first participatory budgeting initiative that empowers young people to decide how to spend $3,000 making Melville an even better place for 12 to 25 year olds.

Four projects are available for the community to vote on, with each voter asked to allocate the $3,000 across the projects they would most like to see funded and happen in their community.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey encourages anyone aged between 12 and 25 who lives, works, studies or visits Melville to jump online and vote for their favourite projects.

“Youth Pitch is a first for the City and passes the authority and responsibility of decision making back to young community members, who decide how this proportion of ratepayer’s money is invested back into the City,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“The City simply provides the funds and the framework, and the community vote and decide on the outcome. The City’s young people provided all the project ideas and if funded will also take responsibility to implement those projects with support from the City.

“I was amazed with the diversity of projects this year, from a fund raiser to provide clean water to children in Africa, to developing a support station for the homeless and recycling computers for those in need, the projects are really reflective of what young people are interested in and how they can make change.”

“For those who have projects that are up for the public vote, I encourage you to get out into the community and drum up support and votes to get your project off the ground.

“It is so easy to get involved and help decide what projects you want in your community - simply head online to melvilletalks.com.au, view all the projects and then allocate funds to your favourites.”

To vote and for more information, visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/youthpitch.

To find out more youth events, activities and how to get involved, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/youthpitch.